The Careful Crocodile
By Beverley ['bev?li] Randell
Long, long ago, in the days of the dinosaurs, a mother crocodile laid 40 eggs. She laid the eggs in a sandy nest by some ferns.
The sun kept the eggs warm. Week after week, the mother crocodile stayed under the ferns to watch over her nest. She did not go down to the lake to eat and drink. She had to take care of her eggs.
One day, a hungry dinosaur found the nest, The mother crocodile ran out of the nest ferns as fast as she could.
Snap! Went her jaws. [d??:] And that was the end of the egg-eating dinosaur!
The next day, some little cries came from the nest, The mother crocodile went to the nest and pushed the sand away, Yes! Baby crocodiles were coming out of the eggs.
Then the mother crocodile opened her jaws and filled them with baby crocodiles.
What was she doing? The mother crocodile was not eating her babies, she was picking them up. She wanted to take her babies down to the lake where they would find some food.
When the mother crocodile got to the lake, she opened her jaws and all the baby crocodiles swam out. They saw some mayflies （蜉蝣类,飞蝼蛄）on the water. Snap! Went their little jaws. Then the mother crocodile hurried back to her nest. She picked up the rest of babies and took them down to the lake, too.
The baby crocodiles grew bigger every day, Sometimes they climbed out of the water to catch frogs and spiders in the ferns. And every day, the mother crocodile stayed near her babies and tried to keep them safe.